i have often wondered why people breed and are attracted to pure bred cats. understandably pure bred dogs are bred for various working purposes but what are purebred cats bred for? in my opinion it seems they are only bred for looks. a purebred cat doesn't make any better mouser or hunter than an alley cat. the temperaments between purebred cats and regular alley cats are no different. they can be just as loving, aloof,or mean whether they are purebred or domestic. the idea of buying a purebred cat is not something that has ever occurred to me. i have always gotten my cats as strays or from the pound and the passed ones have lived to be 18 - 19 years old and have had real good personalities as do the ones i have now. to me a cats personality is the same whether or not it is purebred. so those of you who have purebreds what attracted you to them? was it solely looks ?
Scout I agree completely. I do have two persians and in my case it was because they were in a bad situation and I rescued them. I personally wouldnt buy a purebreed because it is just for looks. I love the way a siamese looks but there are enough of them out there that rescues are full of them. I love a big ole tom cat. The bigger the better. My persians are alot of work and kinda fragile. I do love them but if I had to do it all over again it would be just a plain ole cat for me.
Actually Scout, I disagree. There are some distinct personality differences between some breeds of cats (though not all). For example, I'd *never* get a siamese cat because they are extremely vocal animals and tend to yowl a lot. Some cats are more 'doglike' than other cat breeds. I love the sheer size of the Maine Coon cats and the Norwegian Forest cats. Cat breeds exist because of where they were developed geographically more than any thing else. I mean think about the cat names. Bengal, Burmese, Siamese, Persian, Russian Blue, Maine, Norwegian, etc. All geographically linked. Honestly I see no difference between the development of a particular cat look and some breeds of dogs, which really serve no purpose either. Can you honestly tell me that the pug and the boston terrier were bred for anything else other than look and human companionship? Same with cats.
You know Scout I have thought the same thing. I have never bought a cat as I live in farm country and every spring there are kittens in the local paper for free or just talk to a local farmer and he would be glad to share some. I have had simese and persian cats and yes it is their look that attracts to them. but my brother bought a Special cat (LOL don't know the breed) something snow leapard?? anyway he paid 700.00 for her !!!! and she was fixed ??? It kinda blew my mind LOL but he has the money to blow on stuff like that. I also have a friend who raises Pix bobs cats and gets big bucks . They look like my striped farm cats with no tail and little tuffs of hair on there ears ???? but to be honest I don't see the attraction ??? Jubilee
minniyar i have to disagree with you. yes siamese cats talk alot but so does my cat fox. he has quite a vocabulary and he is not a siamese or even a siamese cross though people have asked me if he was based on the fact that he is so talkative. and as far as dog like personalities. both my female torties were/are very much like dogs. the one who i had years ago would go on walks with me around the neighborhood when i took my dog for a walk and the one i have now is also very dog like. she is a worse begger for food than any dog, will eat anything you give her, she comes when she is called much better than my dogs do. when she gets out i will call her to come in and she comes running. my dogs don't listen to a recall as well as she does. and i don't believe bengals are a breed that was regionally based. they are a cross breed but with what i am not sure.
I have a ragdoll cat for which I paid around $400. She was less than the normal price since I got her as an older kitten. I had not even planned to get her. I went with my sister to look but this 1/2 grown kitten took to me and wouldnt leave my lap. I fell in love with her. The breeder said that she was one of the sweetest kittens and was surprised that no one had taken her. She has all the ragdoll characteristics. She is the most loving, outgoing and friendly cat. She greets visitors at the door. She is the most dog like cat I have ever had. She also is beautiful. She has siamese markings but is long haired. Her hair is soooo soft and does not matt--but it does shed. I also have a 1/2 persian cat. He has a very sweet personality as well and is very loving to us although he is very shy when anyone comes over and hides. However, his coat is so difficult to take care of. He constantly matts despite brushing. If I were to get another cat, I would pay for another ragdoll. I have had both pure bred and non purebred--growing up we always had pound cats--but none of them were half as friendly and loveable as my ragdoll. All that said, I may have lucked out with my ragdoll--but she is exactly as the breed is described.
Well scout, think of it these way. You are a dog fancier, you wonder why people want a purebred. Well a cat fancier is probably thinking the same thing. Why do dog people need purebreds? And I agree with minniyar, I would never get a siamese or an oriental shorthair etc.....And every breed has it's own personality. I am too a cat fancier, I own a beautiful persian cat whom I would choose over any cat in the world. She is VERY friendly, unlike some cats who hide all day, she is social, cute, attatched, and loving. I have to clean out her eyes everyday because of the goop, but it is all so worth it. Each cat breed is different and some people want high strung oriental breeds just so they can have a pretty, lean cat...And some people, like me, want an extremely friendly, social, loving, and beautiful persian for a companion.
I wouldnt buy a purebreed. Im saying that now but i hhavent been tempted yet. My mom did adopt 2 bobtail maincoon cats though. They were the sweetest cats. She lost one when it went into the road. The only drawback is the long hair that needs constant grooming. I have a rescue cat. He is white and tortiseshell. He is the most affectionate cat you could ever meet. He loves all animals and trys to clean everyone. People and animals alike.
Whoever said that all cats are tempermentally alike, that is 100% equal to saying that all dogs are tempermentally alike. I know this because I have known SO many cats and each one is different with her own little personality, especially my little persian. >My persians are alot of work and kinda fragile.< You have persians? Cool! Great cats, aren't they? But, your persians should not be fragile. They are suppost to be thick boned, very sturdy cats.
Gizmo my male is thick boned and sturdy but Abby my female is very danty and petite. She is what I call fragile. Compared to my old cat "Charlie" who was a DSH that weighed 23lbs. There was nothing fragile about him. He was as rough and tuff like a dog. I love my persian's personalities but they are alot of work. Gizmo is very out going and loves everyone but Abby is a one person cat. She will hide if anyone comes over. They are great cats but again I think they are just for looks.
Looks, love and personality. And as with anything that is out of the norm - a bit of the AHHH effect... I've had alley cats and rescues for 15odd years before I purchased my first Persian - and just like said before - they come in all personalities - sweet, cuddly, affectionate, aloof, grouchy, hostile, shy, outgoing - you name it. They are sturdy and basically healthy cats, but the coat is really a lot of work, especially when you have more than one. Extreme flat faces need regular facial cleanings to keep eyes clean and avoid "gunk" build up in the nasal folds [stop] similiar to bulldogs, pekinese and other flat faced dog breeds. They may also have the same breathing problems as some of the flat faced dog breeds. Certainly not for the lazy owner but most make up for the extra work required with extrememly affectionate personalities if properly bought up...
to answer your question minniyar: all cats have different personalities. what i do find is there are no personality differences between purebred cats and domestic cats. you are just as likely to find a sweet and affectionate, or mean and nasty, or scared and not social purebred cat as you are to find the same in a domestic cat. kristine: you didn't luck out with your ragdoll. ragdolls are supposed to have that type of temperament. but you can find that temperament in an ordinary street cat also. chili : same thing. and if you read cshimizzi's description of her 2 persian that is an example of what i mean. any cat purebred or domestic can have varying personalities. that in essence is the description of a cat. it never dawned on me to ever get a purebred because the domestic cats i have had have had a wide range of personalities that i could find in any purebred cat. and purebred dogs were created for various working purposes. what were purebred cats bred for. the only answer i can come up with is looks.
minniyar: i looked up the bengal cat. it is a product of crossbreeding an asian leopard cat to a domestic cat. and the burmese cat started with a generic cat brought from burma to the united states and selectively bred to a siamese and thats how they got a bur (burma) mese (siamese). the norwegian forest cat which is a breed developed by mother nature herself. the maine coon cat which is a regular domestic cat that the natives of maine gave a name to.
"Can you honestly tell me that the pug and the boston terrier were bred for anything else other than look and human companionship?" Hey! Are you picking on my Bostons??? ;) Actually, I can't speak for Pugs, but I've heard that Bostons were originally bred to fight..but I've also heard they were bred to be ratters, so who knows. They are cute though aren't they? :)
I don't think I've ever owner a purebred cat. Isis is a persian cross. I would not trade her for ANY cat ever, she fits my lifestyle/personality perfectly. She's a little bit of a freak sometimes and has an odd obsession with water, she comes to greet me at the door when I come home. And my fiance says that when I go out she pines for me. Sitting or lying at the door waiting, sometimes.
I agree that there are domestic cats that can be just as friendly as my ragdoll. However, given that I keep my cats indoors, my limit for cats is 2 (maybe 3). Thus, when getting a cat, I would rather pay the $500 for a ragdoll and have a relatively high chance that I am getting a very friendly/affectionate cat. That really is not much money to spend for 10 plus years of enjoyment. You don't really know what you are getting when you get a kitten so if I can pay a bit of money to up the chances of getting the temperment I want, it is worth it to me. Also, I think the ragdolls are sooo cute. Everyone who meet my ragdoll loves her and comments on how sweet and pretty she is.
I agree with scout...I would never buy a purebred cat. I love my mixed rescue!! I will always just go to the shelter to get one..the ragdolls are sweet, but you can find one just as friendly at a shelter. IMO the differences between cat breeds are much less obvious than the differences between dog breeds.